Friday, September 05, 2014

Video: Sam Branson Airlifted Off the Matterhorn

Earlier this week, Sam Branson, the 29-year old son of Richard Branson, had to be airlifted to safety off the Matterhorn. He was climbing the mountain as part of the Virgin Strive Challenge, an expedition that saw 10 adventurers travel from London to the summit of the Matterhorn without the use of motorized transportation. Sam contracted altitude sickness on his way to the top, which prompted the rescue. The video below shows the dramatic footage of the young man being rescued just below the summit. He was successful in topping out, but didn't have the ability to descend safely. He is safely down and recovering nicely now however.


Andy Madeley said...

I read that he was retching and struggling with sickness before the summit and pushed on regardless. If true then he is extremely determined!

He might want to consider the safety of his team mates and potential rescuers in future endeavours, though. If I lead the team there's no way I'd have let him continue.

Kraig Becker said...

I heard the exact same thing Andy, and I agree with you. It seems "Summit Fever" took over, and he wanted to push on to the top. His teammates probably should not have allowed that to happen either, as clearly Sam wasn't thinking clearly at the time.